Washington tests the economic waters
A committee is in the works to review and consider proposals made to the town of Washington to serve as the town’s economic development coordinator.
Proposals have been received from Gorman & York of East Hartford and Bartram & Cochran of Stamford. Both firms are real estate consultants.
First Selectman Mark Lyon anticipates one of the firms will be hired this month.
The coordinator position would require a two-year commitment to program development.
The designated firm would market the town, provide direction and counsel in securing funding for local infrastructure projects and support acquiring private funding for a “bank” that could provide lease subsidies for qualified start-ups and artisans.
The firm would also serve as a coordinator for new business/cultural/community events and compile and update an inventory of available commercial properties in the town’s business district, proactively recruiting compatible business ventures.
A beautification campaign for any of the town’s five village centers could be undertaken.
An economic development committee would work closely with the coordinator, which would train the committee to continue the work done by the coordinator after its two-year commitment is done.